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Ko Lanta Yai: Half-Day Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour

4.8 / 5

25 reviews

Activity provider: Lanta tourist center

Ko Lanta Yai: Half-Day Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour

Activity provider: Lanta tourist center

From US$ 66.58 per person

Interact closely with friendly elephants and spend quality time bathing, feeding, and making medicinal supplements for them.

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Pickup optional
Please wait in your hotel lobby 10 minutes before the pickup time.


  • Spend an amazing half-day interacting closely with the elephants at a sanctuary
  • Learn how to make medicinal supplements and feed the elephants
  • Take a dip in the water and help the elephants bathe
  • Learn how to make paper out of elephant dung and take it back as a souvenir
Full description
Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the option selected. Upon arrival, your English-speaking tour guide will give you an introduction to the sanctuary and the elephants. Take some bananas and offer them to the elephants. Get acquainted with your new friends before hopping into the mud pool with them. Give the elephants a relaxing mud spa. Elephants naturally soak their skin with mud as a way to protect their skin from the sun, just like humans put on sunscreen. After the fun mud spa, enjoy bathing with the elephants in the water pool. Brush off the mud and exfoliate their skin to give them a relaxing pampering. Next, learn how to prepare food and herbal medicine for elephants. The herbal medicine is a mixture of multiple nutrient sources needed by elephants to stay healthy. They are like a supplement to their diet. Enjoy relaxing and feeding the elephants their herbal medicine. This is a perfect photo opportunity. Learn how to make eco-paper from elephant dung and take back the paper as a souvenir to show your friends and family.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fresh seasonal fruits
  • Tour guide
  • Drinking water
  • Food for elephants
  • Elephant dung paper souvenir
  • Showers
  • Changing rooms
  • Towels
  • Change of clothing
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 25 reviews

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The extremely kind guide who shared his passion for elephants, this sanctuary is not about exploitation but about the protection and well-being of the animal Top activities: Creation of paper with elephant excrement for raise awareness of ecology and recycling. Preparation of medicinal herbs to take care of elephants. Food given to the elephants, mud bath to take care of their very dry and thick skin, then swimming in a lake with them.

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September 22, 2022

Amazing experience. Coming from a country where you only get to see these animals in zoos, it was incredible to be able to interact with them up close and on their terms. Wonderful guides, who really care about the elephants and who were warm and very knowledgeable about the elephants. Would recommend this to anyone.

April 30, 2022

First experience with the elephants, extraordinary to be able to interact with them without any apprehension, to bathe with them, to prepare their medicinal herbs .. awesome. Small flat on the manufacture of paper from their excrement because this activity lasted barely 15min and we fly over the thing a bit, too bad! But otherwise it was a wonderful experience and being able to receive the photos taken by someone on site is great! Beautiful memories!

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January 6, 2020

Product ID: 335886